Fast Facts: Germany

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

For U.S. passport holders, visas are not required for tourist visits up to 90 days.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for meeting all entry requirements and obtaining a visa, if required. If so, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

June-September are the best months to visit Germany when days are warm and nights are cool. It does rain during the summer, so take a jacket and an umbrella. If you like wildflowers, the months of April and May are gorgeous, but cool. Late fall and early winter can also be more moderate with southern winds keeping temps warmer in Bavaria.

Check out the current weather conditions in Germany.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health precautions or requirements to enter Germany.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Germany is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Round up bills in restaurants and taxis, and give the tip directly to the waiter or driver.

What items should I shop for?

In southern Germany, shop for cuckoo clocks, thermometers, Hummel figurines, wood carvings, cameras, china, porcelain, antiques, stainless steelware, toys and dolls, wines, cheese and local handcrafts. In eastern Germany, shop for Lauscha glass, wood carvings, Leipzig tiles, porcelain, Russian and eastern European phonograph records, pottery, and wooden nutcrackers.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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